Alternative Sound Selection
Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 has been great for you all so far. It’s been only eleven days into the year but if the past few days are anything to go by, then I can tell you that alternative British music is going to have a very exciting 2013!
The Guardian’s Paul Lester describes her as making “Jessie Ware sound like Jessie J” and she is label mates with the likes of Two Inch Punch and Bondax over on Justus Recordings - her name is George Maple (yes a girl with a boy’s name, she is rather intriguing already). I envision greatness for the Australian-born Londoner this year. I first heard her on the sublime ‘Bring You Down’ by electronic music’s new prince Flume. Her debut solo single however is one of the best songs I’ve heard in the last month. It is titled ‘Uphill’ and is a beautiful piece of electronic soul music – check it out.
On my last Alternative Sound Selection of 2012, I talked about 21-year-old Brit soul newcomer Jacob Banks - and if you paid any attention to me then, you will know that the Birmingham native has released his debut E.P titled ‘The Monologue’. He received rave reviews from online tastemakers up and down the country, with Mr. Banks being listed as one to watch for 2013 by the likes of BBC 1Xtra and MSN Music. Jacob Banks also recently performed a Live Lounge special for BBC 1Xtra which he duly slayed with this cover rendition of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe’. Listen to ‘Something Beautiful’ from ‘The Monologue’ E.P below.
With all this talk about “ones to watch for 2013” going around, there is one name that has been a firm fixture in all of these conversations – London duo AlunaGeorge. Having been the most blogged-about artist in 2012 and after coming second on the illustrious BBC Sound of 2013 list, Aluna Francis and George Reid have already released two amazing songs this year - ‘Diver’, which was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and the title track of their debut album ‘Body Music’, which is out in June. Enjoy ‘Diver’ below while we wait for what is sure to be one of the albums of the year.
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Words: Ayodele Adepoju (@wepluggoodmusic)